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Joseph Tucker, ‘Pay-It-Forward Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing for Gay Men in China’
December 4, 2018 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The final China Speaker Series will feature Joseph Tucker, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC Chapel Hill and director of UNC Project-China.
Is kindness contagious among gay men in China? We designed a quasi-experimental study to examine the effect of a pay-it-forward STI testing program in China. The pay-it-forward program has has one person receive a gift (and STI test), then asks the same person if they would like to give a gift (STI test) to another gay man. The pay-it-forward approach was iteratively designed from community feedback through several crowdsourcing activities. We found that this approach increased gonorrhea and chlamydia testing compared to the standard of care. This was a first gonorrhea or chlamydia test for 86% of men. Eighty-nine percent of men in the pay-it-forward group donated some amount. This pilot program has implications for research and policy.
Food and refreshments will be provided.